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Friday Confessions: Fast and Furious Edition

Alright. More homework. So little time to blog.

Ready, set, go!

Confession #1: A few weeks ago we had a warm Sunday. We’re talking REALLY warm, like 6o degrees. Anyways, when I got back to school that night I realized that I had forgot to take my winter coat with me. Usually I’m wearing my coat, so leaving it behind has never been an issue before. If the weather had stayed in the 60’s all week I would have been fine, but NOOOO…. It decided to snow and drop down into the 30’s as soon as Tuesday hit. And I didn’t have a winter coat. Combine that with 10-15 minute walks to class with some of the breeziest winds in the state = One cold Madison 🙁 Thankfully my parents felt my pain and on Wednesday night we each drove 1 hour to meet up in the middle so that they could deliver that salvation of warmth! (Along with some much needed food…)

Here is my makeshift cold weather outfit (Note: NOT as warm as it looks!)

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Confession #2: I don’t really know how you all do it. That posting everyday stinkin’ day thing. It makes me feel like a major slacker. Especially when you are able to respond so quickly to everyone’s comments as well. I still haven’t gotten to WIAW yet… I used to pride myself on  being so quick to respond, but man have I gotten lazy! Anyways, major props to you all. Maybe someday I’ll be that put-together.

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Confession #3: Another jealous moment that I had this week was reading about all of these races that everyone has been completing. Splits of 7 minutes flashed across the screen and it just made me feel even guiltier that my fastest mile time ever was like 8:30. And I about died after that. Today I think I would be able to (maybe) run a mile in 9:30. I always got super bad chest pains and had a hard time breathing whenever I ran in gym class during school. I would love to be a runner because I definitely need to do SOMETHING for exercise… but I don’t know. I just don’t know.

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Confession #4: When I should have been working on homework (actually I should be working on some right now too…) I instead was watching the season finale of Pretty Little Liars. I swear, that last part gave me the heebie jeebies and I jumped just like every other teenage girl in America. I can’t wait for the next season! Plus, a lot of couple drama in this episode, which made me feel much better about my lack of couple “status.” 😉

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Final Confession #5: I love PicMonkey. It’s just so amazing. Whenever I think I took a photo that looks good, I pull it up on WordPress and realize that a) It’s way too dark. b) It has that fuzzy quality to it. c) The picture looks like I was on a moving freight train when I took it. Or d) All of the above and much much worse. PicMonkey is my saving grace. My magic genie. My… Okay, I can’t think of any other catchy nicknames, but you get my drift. Even still with the amazingness of PicMonkey my food photos look nowhere near professional. After all, I take every single one of them with my phone. But, PicMonkey takes them as close to perfection as they are ever going to get until I am able to afford one of those expensive cameras that all of the fancy bloggers have… (Hint. Hint. Birthday coming up! 😉 )

BEFORE and AFTER’s to prove PicMonkey’s brilliance:

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I also promised a certain recipe this past Wednesday, and I almost always deliver, so here you go!

Coconut and Almond Flour Blueberry Muffins

Makes 6-8 muffins depending on size (I made 6 muffins and 1 ramekin)

Grain/Gluten/Wheat-Free, Dairy and Nut-Free Options, Paleo/GAPS-Friendly

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  • 1 cup almond flour (replace with sunflour for nut-free option)
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tbsp ghee (or coconut oil)
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen works)

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Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees and grease your muffin tins with ghee (or other baking oil).
  2. In a medium-sized bowl combine the first three dry ingredients.
  3. In a food processor whip the four egg whites until stiff. Add the honey, banana, ghee, and vanilla and combine until smooth.
  4. Divide the batter among the muffin tins (approximately 1/3 cup of batter each). 
  5. Then drop a few blueberries to each tin and press down so that they sink into the batter.
  6. Bake for about 40 minutes (oven temps vary greatly as does the recipe if you use fresh vs. frozen berries so be forewarned!). 
  7. Let cool before removing. Enjoy!

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What do you have to confess this Friday?

Don’t you just love PicMonkey? What’s your favorite feature?

Did you watch the season finale of Pretty Little Liars? What did you think of it?

It’s Never Too Late to Be Green

“I don’t want to run anymore. I’ll tell you everything.”

“I wish you would.”

Great lines. Great Movie. Any idea what they’re from?

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So… I procrastinated, and now I have an excel Personal Budget due in my MIS class tomorrow. It’s mostly done except for some reorganization and minor recalculations. However, this results in me probably being even more scattered (and possibly more chatty?) than usual. I’m especially frustrated because my teacher didn’t really give us a desired format, just shouted out some important parts and told us to “create it from scratch.” Crueler words were never spoken.

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But alas, at least I have something to smile about. Actually, this is probably my favorite day to post every single week. Does anyone else feel that way about What I Ate Wednesday? No matter what else is going on, I love reading all of the WIAWs and getting to chat with some awesome ladies! Plus, the foodie goodness doesn’t hurt either 😉

I didn’t post any special recipes for last week in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day (I know it’s the cool girl thing to say “St. Patty’s Day” but I’ve never heard it called that before this year, so call me old-fashioned!). There were many great green recipes floating around WIAW world, but since it is still March, I’m not late yet.

I also figured what with Winter being over tomorrow (or today depending on when you read this), what better a time to finally post a recipe for soup? It’s “souper” simple. Baha. And is really rather plain Jane, but I just love the combination of vegetables. It’s probably one of my favorites, second only to a combination with kabocha.

Green, Mean, Fighting Soup Machine

High protein, Allergen-Free, Grain/Gluten/Wheat-Free, Nut/Coconut-Free, Egg-Free, GAPS/Paleo Friendly

1 generous serving

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chicken (or beef), cooked
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1/2 cup sweet peas, frozen or fresh
  • 2 cups homemade chicken (or beef) stock (storebought would work too)
  • Seasonings: sea salt, fresh rosemary

Directions:

  1. Peel and slice the zucchini. Add all of the ingredients to a small pot and heat on high until boiling. 
  2. Once the soup is boiling, cover and reduce to low to simmer for 20-30 minutes. 
  3. Remove from the heat and let cool for 10-15 minutes. Pour into bowl and serve with sea salt and fresh rosemary sprinkled on top.

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Note: This recipe has a good combination of fat from the broth, carbohydrates from the vegetables, and protein from the meat. If you use store bought broth, consider drizzling olive oil or coconut oil onto your soup after it is cooked so that you don’t lose out on all of those nutritious fatty acids! Also, I peel my zucchini because the skin is hard for me to digest. If you don’t have digestive issues, keep the skin on and wish it before slicing.

Shared on: Whole Foods Wednesday, Allergy-Free Wednesday, Gluten Free Wednesdays, Real Food WednesdaysWheat-Free Wednesday

Also, in the spirit of everything green, I want to share a few of the cool “green,” eco-friendly diy projects that I’ve spotted on various websites in the past few weeks:

Ombre-Painted Mason Jars for Storing Things:

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Spray Painted Cheese Grater = Earring Holder:

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More Mason Jar Love with Homemade Soap Dispensers:

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Crocheted T-Shirt Rug:

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It’s never too late to be green, even if March 17th is past. We still have another week of WIAW to go! 🙂

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Do you know what movie those lines at the beginning are from?

What green food did you concoct to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

Have you ever made any eco-friendly projects? Share!

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Look soon for an upcoming recipe that I made this past weekend:

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